CUYAHOGA FALLS: Cuyahoga City Council member Diana Colavecchio will serve as the new clerk of courts for Stow Municipal Court following an uncontested nomination process at the Summit County Democratic Central Committee meeting Tuesday at Cuyahoga Falls High School.
“I feel honored to be following in the footsteps of both Eric Czetli and Lisa Carano,” Colavecchio said. “They’re true professionals. I hope to be as professional as they were in overseeing and administrating the duties of the clerk.”
Colavecchio, who is also an attorney, was confirmed in minutes after nomination speeches from Democratic Board of Elections member Timothy Gorbach and Cuyahoga Falls City Council President Don Walters. She will replace Lisa Zeno Carano, who resigned the clerk position to work as the court administrator for the Summit County Common Pleas Probate Division.
Zeno Carano held the office for five years. Her term would have ended in 2015.
“I had the privilege of serving with Diana on Cuyahoga Falls City Council. She is a tremendous leader,” Gorbach said.
Gorbach continued to stress the importance of Colavecchio’s experience because the clerk position will be on the ballot in November, and a new face has little time to establish a political reputation.
“Our party must appoint an experienced leader as well a veteran campaigner that can retain this seat,” Gorbach said.
“Although we will miss her greatly on city council, she is highly qualified to be the next clerk of Stow Municipal Courts,” Walters said. “I proudly second the nomination.”
The room had a large crowd, which was stressed as very important by Wayne Jones, chair of the Summit County Democratic Party.
“We needed to have at least 49 people, otherwise a Republican justice would get the appointment, so thanks to you, we were able to do this, and I appreciate it,” Jones said to the crowd.
Gorbach agreed with Jones in the importance of keeping the democratic seat.
“Lisa has done a tremendous job, not only presiding over professional office, but also keeping the state in Democratic hands by winning her state on Election Day,” Gorbach said. “Lisa knows what it takes to do both and has already expressed her support to each of you for Diana as her successor.”
Stow Mayor Sara Drew swore Colavecchio into office at the conclusion of the ceremony.